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November 12, 2009

Millikin receives Kiwanis award

DANVILLE — Jack Millikin, 90, was honored Thursday by his colleagues at the Days Hotel for 60 years of perfect attendance at Kiwanis Club meetings.

He had been recognized three years ago when his perfect attendance reached 57 years.

"But his 60-year record is pretty phenomenal," said Bob Fox, fellow Kiwanian. "We don’t know of anyone else who can claim the same attendance record."

For Millikin, his penchant for perfect attendance started way back in grade school.

"I got one of those perfect attendance certificates for all eight grades," he said. "They didn’t give those awards when I went to Danville High School, but one thing I know is that I never played hooky."

Millikin said when he joined Kiwanis in 1949 he never thought about striving for a perfect attendance record.

"I never made any promises that I would attend all the meetings," he said. "But I’ve always believed that if you are a member of something you should follow their rules. Besides, I think the Kiwanis is a good organization because we help a lot of people, especially children."

When asked about his secret for a long life, Millikin said, "I guess I’ve just been lucky. My mother lived to 92, so it’s probably in my genes. The Lord willing, I’ll be able to get an award for 65 years of perfect attendance in Kiwanis."

Proclamations were read at Thursday’s luncheon by Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon and Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer, recognizing Millikin for his outstanding achievements throughout the years.

Millikin has been a member of the Danville Boat Club for 68 years, the Danville Elks Club for 66 years, and the Danville Masons for 51 years.

In 2007, he established the Jack and Peggy Millikin Scholarship Fund for an outstanding high school student at DHS with money given to them by their grandson and his wife, Jim and Diana Millikin. In 2001, Jack Millikin and his wife donated eight acres of land at 1101 E. English St. to Danville District 118.

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